Thursday, February 4, 2010

"I know the plans I have for you..."

This week, I traveled to be with my mom and her husband during her eye surgery. The doctor's office is located in the medical center at the university in their town. We logged in a lot of waiting time during the two days of surgery and followup doctor's visit the next day. While walking down the hallway to get a drink of water, I looked up to glance outside the window and catch the city's skyline, which is quite impressive. Suddenly, the logo on one of the tallest buildings grabbed my attention. It is the building which houses a large insurance company that we felt sure was where the Lord was calling my husband to be employed at. Several years ago because of the economic downturn, my husband closed his business to re-enter the work force. He interviewed with this company and initial contacts were very encouraging. It is a well-respected company and working there would enable us to get back to the city we love and be among family, friends, and church again. It just seemed like the answer from the Lord. During the ensuing weeks, more emails were exchanged, another interview but still no definite answer. Many months later, word came out in the news of layoffs at this same company - as he would have been a new hire, we felt certain that he might have been one of the first to get booted out. We felt such protection from the Lord although disappointed to not get back to the place we wanted to live. We ultimately continued on in the job search.

Now months later with my husband in the job that he absolutely loves and is fluorishing in, I am reminded again that the Lord knows best what we need and has the best plan for us. To see that logo was God sending a visual reminder to me of His presence in our lives, of His beautiful plan for us, and though we question why things happen the way they do, we ultimately need to let Him chart the course. He understands when we are disappointed, but He persists in leading us to the place He wants to take us. Praise Him for His plan - may I always be willing to let go and let Him guide.

Jeremiah 29:11, The Message:

"I know what I am doing. I have it all planned out - plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for."

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